The success of all our services is dependent on good planning. However the unique nature of each river monitoring point means that, on Water Quality Projects, the planning takes on an extra dimension of importance.
The first stage is to carry out River Walks to assess each location for suitability, and/or to find an alternative. The assessment needs to take into account safety and physical accessibility, access permissions, river conditions in different weather conditions and suitable structures for measurement.
The biggest hurdle at this stage is often land access notices, which can often take weeks or months to obtain: it is therefore vital that river walks are carried out at the earliest opportunity, and we can provide staff to help with that process.